A video filmed from space on 17 February shows dramatic images of the United Kingdom at night. The footage, shot by British astronaut Tim Peake and first shared on his Twitter page, shows the sparkling, lit up UK as the International Space Station (ISS) passes over it at night. The ISS was flying west to east over the English Channel towards Northern Europe and Russia at the time of filming, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).

Peake, 43, a former army major, blasted off to the station as part of a six-month mission for the European Space Agency in December 2015, becoming the first Briton in space since Helen Sharman travelled on a Soviet spacecraft for eight days in 1991, and the first to do so under a British flag.